“We prefer to concentrate on what we call interculturalism, where we have one culture, the Quebec culture, and we try to integrate newcomers,” the prime minister said.
Ahead of the celebration of the Fête Nationale, Prime Minister François Legault said he was opposed to the idea of multiculturalism and said it was a threat to the French language and Quebec culture.
“It is important that we do not put all cultures on the same level; that is why we are against multiculturalism, ”Legault told reporters on Thursday. “We prefer to concentrate on what we call interculturalism, where we have one culture, the Quebec culture, and we try to integrate newcomers. I believe that new people coming to Quebec contribute to our culture, but it is important to have a culture where we integrate, especially into our language. “
Legault, who has asked Ottawa new powers over the selection of certain immigrants, said his vision of integration is different from that of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In his vision, Quebec culture is elevated above the cultures of immigrants and other minorities.
“We see that Mr Trudeau is pushing for multiculturalism, so he does not want us to have a culture and a language where we integrate newcomers,” Legault said. “It is important that our nation and our culture are respected and that we try to integrate new immigrants into that culture.”
Legault’s comments came on the heels of a speech given in France by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s French-speaking minister, who said the project of nation-building and protection of the French language was threatened by multiculturalism.
Legault was in Montreal to advertise the transformation of the historic Bibliothèque St-Sulpice.
Legault is hoping for a “strong mandate” in the election to pressure Ottawa on immigration
Montreal National Day show open to all, but please in French